EU Calls for Peaceful Solution to N. Korea Issue

Elias Hubbard
July 19, 2017

Now it's left to be seen how North Korea reacts as the European Union moves towards imposing tougher sanctions to penalize its continued provocations.

The diplomat noted that "the United States tries to impose on the UN Security Council an unprecedentedly harsh resolution on sanctions fabricated by Washington in response to the DPRK's July 4 test of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile".

The talk would take place on 21st July and would be the first talk between the countries since December 2015. South Korea's Red Cross said on Monday it wants separate talks at the border village on August 1 to discuss family reunions. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea.

Earlier this month, Moon said in a speech in Germany that he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met. Moon also said the two Koreas must halt hostile activities along the border, restart family reunions and cooperate on the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

China, which has close ties to Pyongyang despite Beijing's anger over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, welcomed the proposal, saying cooperation and reconciliation between the two Koreas was good for everyone and could help ease tensions.

Moon has said he will use both dialogue and pressure to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Since he assumed office in May, South Korea's Liberal president has attempted to resume dialogue with Pyongayng. -South Korea military drills. Since no truce was agreed, the two sides remain technically at war. In the past, the North Korean government has said that they would not engage in talks until 12 waitresses who defected were handed over.

North Korea says the South abducted the 12 waitresses and the restaurant manager and has demanded their return, but the South has said the group made a decision to defect of its own free will. Cho said this matter is not included on the talks agenda.

It would leave larger Chinese banks untouched for now, the official said.

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